Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Instalife: No foolin'

Welcome, April! Lovely month that is fully Springtastic and, very likely, quite rainy. May you be as full of adventures and fabulous baking as March was! I have high hopes for you.

Some highlights of the highlights:

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All about the poached eggs // Beautiful blossoms // Marvelous hot chocolate

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Funky leggings // Salted caramel // BUBBLE TEA!! // Windsor is lovely // Getting back into embroidery

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Denise Austin replied to me on Instagram!! // Baking is calming // Amping things up for #40DaysOfFitness

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Out Like a Lamb


Here we find ourselves at March's end. How did that happen? The first quarter of the year gone in the blink of an eye. (It's like that every year, though, isn't it?). Around here it's been a different sort of month. We started the month off in Scotland, I embarked on 40 Days of Fitness for Lent, had my birthday, spent nearly 2 weeks on doctor mandated foot rest (which I didn't write about here, mostly as it was exceedingly dull), and baked quite a lot. The clocks here in the UK did their springing forward last night, so today I'm feeling that little bit of "where's the day gone?"

March also brought some new faces to my sidebar! I'd like to share a bit about them, as well as my lovely not-quite-as-new sponsors. I'd LOVE to have some new faces to feature in April, so if you want to get your blog or business a bit more exposure to my ever-expanding audience, pop over to my sponsorship information page to find out more.


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Allyson Rose from Don't Feed the Wendybird

Don't Feed The Wendybird

I am Allyson Rose, professional dollhair minter extraordinare and naive yet old soul. On the verge of turning 22, I left small-town Iowa in October 2013 to re-start with a new degree at a new university in a new place called Reading, England. (Don't make the mistake of reading that like you just read "reading" a few words ago. No one ever said English made sense).

On my blog Don't Feed the Wendybird, I write about life as an American abroad, about the food I love to create, about the style I try to pull off, about my everyday life as a young twenty-something doing that "self-discovery" thing that most young twenty-somethings do. Someday I will be a real estate magnate, the author of several children's books, and the barista/owner of a breakfast cafe and coffeehouse.

They're all just little fluffy seeds, but I'm trying to make them grow.

This is my space to water the dandelions.

I hope you will join me. ♥



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Sarah from Sunlight After Rain

Sarah is my 2nd new sponsor this month. She lives in Virginia with her boyfriend David and writes about life, love, and paleo cooking. She recently shared a great-looking recipe for s'mores pie.

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In addition to new sponsors, March also brought back 2 longtime friends:

-----> Denise from Every Hour Here has been blowing my mind on Instagram with her quilting this month and had blogged about some of the insanely talent-requiring blocks she's done. The bunny is my favorite.

-----> Alli over at Misfit Isle has been going through some big changes. She recently shared a fabulous Home Sweet Home banner DIY that would help anyone feel more at ease in a space!


A big thank you to all my fabulous sponsors this month! I hope you'll think of joining them in the future!

Friday, March 28, 2014

London by Postcode: W8


I thought it would be fun to explore the city with a camera this year and start a new series here on the blog. Last weekend, The Scot and I took a look at my list of places to explore and thought that Kensington would be a great first postcode to snap! The day took a turn for overcast between my flat and Kensington, but a cloudy London is a true London! This series will be photo-led and photo-heavy. Hopefully my words will help you know a bit more about each place, but it's really a chance to take a little visual fieldtrip.


As an American, the first time I visited London I found the postcode system a bit fascinating. Unlike in the US, where one ZIPcode emcompasses a whole town or section of a city, UK postcodes are much more specific. Areas get a general 1st half and then a very specific (to a street, development, or large building) 2nd half. The building my flat is in, for example, has its own postcode. This makes it really easy for places like Chinese delivery restaurants to be specific as to where they deliver, etc. The whole of the UK adopted this system in the post-WW2 years, but London did it in the late 19th century. London was the first and its system is based mainly on compass points. Some postcodes are small and some are large and some are tiny. They're all full of things to see and do!


W8 is the main area of Kensington stretching from the edge of Kensington Gardens/Palace area in the East to the Holland Park area in the West. It's really quite a little postcode area. The lovely St. Mary Abbot's Church and its quirky stonework-filled gardens and flowers are a great little spot to bring your lunch or coffee and have a little peace and quiet.


The Barkers building, these days home to a ginormous Whole Foods and various fancy clothes shops and such, is a huge part of Kensington High Street. It's one of my favorite buildings in the area, architecturally. Lots of buildings in the area have fun little details.


Kensington is definitely a high-end part of London. Fancy cars are common, though maybe not all parked streetside! Even fancy types have to feed their pets, though. Animal Fair is a funky, more old-school pet store. 2 of my fish came from there (and I've read that Orlando Bloom has been known to pick up doggy kibble there!).


Lots of red brick and one street (just behind Kensington Palace) that's largely full of embassies and also full of "no photographs" signs. It's the only place I've ever seen such signage and it tempts me every time I pass by.


W8 isn't a huge postcode, but I do think it's full of some old fashioned charm as well as modern sensibilities. And, heck, it's home to Kate, Wills, & little George. Not too shabby, not too shabby.

London by Postcode will continue on a sporadic basis.


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